September 1 was the date of the official opening of the School of the North and the Arctic established at Siberian Federal University under the order of Alexander Uss, the Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region. The School will become a training centre for the specialists to be involved in the exploration of the North and the Arctic territories. The industrial chairs will be set up in Tura, Dudinka, Igarka, Turukhansk and Norilsk.
The School opened in the new building of Studenchesky Gorodok (‘Student Town’) district of Krasnoyarsk. The School offers pre-college courses at the International Northern School (Northern Workers’ School) and supplementary courses at International Arctic Business School that specialises in re-qualification and advanced training of the region’s northern residents with a graduate degree.
The Academic Supervisor of the University is Arthur Chilingarov, a famous scientist, a researcher of the Arctic and Antarctic, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Science, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Russia, First Vice-President of Russian Geographic Society. The School work will be monitored by experts specialising in different branches, representing the academic community of the region.
“The Arctic zone occupies the major part of Krasnoyarsk Region and features a great potential for economic development. The Yenisey Siberia CIP is running a number of projects intended to explore the resources of the northern territories. The School of the North and the Arctic will supply these projects with highly qualified specialists and provide the expertise in the spheres of rational nature use and environmental protection,” said Director General of Yenisey Siberia Development Corporation Sergei Ladyzhenko.